TV3 wins Rugby World Cup rights

Ireland's Keith Earls runs with the ball on his way to scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Russia at Rotorua International Stadium in RotoruaTV3 has won the Irish rights to broadcast next year’s Rugby World Cup. Under the terms of the deal, TV3 will manage the broadcast of live coverage of all 48 matches and will also deliver a TV, digital and mobile highlights offering.

All of the Ireland matches and final stages of the tournament will be broadcast free to air. TV3, as the broadcaster with the most advanced HD infrastructure in Ireland, is currently in discussion with platform operators to carry TV3 HD from mid-2015.

The tournament takes place in England and Wales from September 18th to October 31st 2015.

TV3 Group CEO David McRedmond said: “TV3 is honoured to have been awarded these prestigious rights by the International Rugby Board. We are quite sure that Rugby World Cup will be the stand out sporting event in 2015, which will anchor our 2015 Autumn Schedule. Rugby following in Ireland is at an all-time high following successes in the Heineken Cup and most recently the success of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland team in the six nations.

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